A real warning to parents…the family of little Nyla Anderson, just 10, will have no reason to celebrate the end of the year. On the twelfth day, the little girl was found unconscious inside the house and taken to the hospital, but she died. According to WPVI radio on Thursday (23), the girl fell ill while trying to conceive a challenge which has become popular in tik tok.
The game, called “Blackout Challenge,” encourages people to hold their breath until they pass out due to lack of oxygen. Although it appears to the new generation in the video application, the challenge is very old on the Internet, since it has been registered since 2008 under various names, such as “Desafio da asphyxia” or “Desafio do fainting”. Data collected by People magazine from the US Centers for Disease Control shows that 82 young people have died trying to end the conflict.
This year, at least three other children, including 12-year-old Joshua Heilisos, 10-year-old Robert Craig, and 9-year-old Laterius Smith Jr., have died after attempting the challenge. “I’m so hurt. This pain won’t go away. It’s up my throat. I’m so hurt. You wouldn’t think 10 year olds would try that. They’re trying because they’re kids and they don’t know what to do”Tawainna Anderson, Nyla’s mother, said in an interview with WPVI.
The mother could not say if her daughter had seen the challenge on TikTok. In any case, the company sent a statement to People, stating that it is “aware” of any unsafe content users may see. “This troubling ‘challenge’, which people seem to be learning from sources other than TikTok, predates our platform and has never been the trend of TikTok. We remain vigilant in our commitment to user safety and will immediately remove relevant content if found. Our deepest condolences to the family for their tragic loss.”, lamented.
Tawainna Anderson decided to publicize the case in hopes of advising other parents to take a look at their children’s social media activities. “Be sure to check your kids’ phones. You never know what you might find on your phones. Naila was a butterfly. She was everything. She was a happy kid.”, I was excited.
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